Grants for media organizations

1,626 media production and publishing organizations received at least $439.2 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 4,088 grants made from 2,365 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 2,365 foundations, 76% made just a single grant to media orgs, and 4% made grants to four or more media orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$439,154,692
Total grant dollars given to media organizations
4,088
Number of grants made annually to media organizations
2,365
Number of grantmakers funding media organizations
$1,000
Median grant size to media organizations

Foundations that support media production and publishing organizations

Out of all grants made to media organizations, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 92% of the dollar-value of grants to media orgs. Foundations funding media orgs also made grants to radio broadcasters, universities, educational service providers, water and wetland protection organizations, and land conservation groups.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,883
Medium
 
275
Large
 
207
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
47
Private
 
2,121
Corporate
 
96
Other
 
101

Grants made

Grants made to media orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,818
2-3
 
446
4-10
 
77
11+
 
24

Top 10 foundations supporting media production and publishing organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to media orgsNumber of grants made to media orgsMedian grant size
Seattle FoundationWAState0.2%163$1,000
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%77$365
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%51$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%47$300
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%47$100
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)NJNational0.0%46$500
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.1%42$625
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%42$105
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%41$250
Gannett FoundationVANational0.2%29$100

Media production and publishing organizations grantees

Media organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 98% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 60% of all media orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
4,050
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
38

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,600
$1M-$5M
 
$1,027
>$5M
 
$800

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
788
California
 
675
Washington
 
304
Massachusetts
 
183
Other
 
2,138

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
729
San Francisco
 
295
Seattle
 
281
Los Angeles
 
251
Other
 
2,291

Top 25 grants made to media organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$100,386,531See Part IvIowa State University Foundation
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$39,394,877Annual DistributionBig Twelve Conference
Center for Media and Public Affairs$32,386,228Program SupportGeorge Mason University Foundation
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$29,243,900TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Sesame Workshop (SW)$25,107,013To Enhance Caregiver-Child Engagement and Improve Children's Learning and Socio-Emotional Outcomes By Implementing A Large-Scale Early Childhood Intervention in the Syrian Response Region.John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation
First Look Media$25,045,000Arts & CultureSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Independent Television Services$15,574,046TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$12,900,590RTLCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Wnet$12,237,557TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$11,088,222Support for Films, Outreach, EducationThe Better Angels Society
WGBH Educational Foundation$7,859,857TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
WGBH Educational Foundation$6,765,954TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Kqed (KQED)$6,750,250General SupportGerson Bakar Foundation
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$6,415,184TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$6,160,903TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Independent Television Services$6,025,000Arts & CultureSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
PRX$6,000,000AccrualWGBH Educational Foundation
Public Radio International$6,000,000AccrualWGBH Educational Foundation
PRX$6,000,000AccrualWGBH Educational Foundation
Kcetlink PBS Socal Or Link TV$5,533,638TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Harper's Magazine Foundation$4,965,000To Support the Continuing Operations of Harper's MagazineRoderick MacArthur Foundation
Kqed (KQED)$4,620,257TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
MIT Technology Review$4,512,964CashMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT Technology Review$4,512,964ContributionMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Radio Kingston Corporation$4,500,000General Operating SupportCommunity Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Media organizations" category for this page is determined by the "A30: Media, Communications Organizations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.